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20 Dec 2018 | 01:35 PM UTC

UK: Runway at Gatwick airport to remain closed after drone sighting Dec. 20 /update 3

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Runway at Gatwick International Airport (LGW) to remain closed following another drone sighting on December 20; associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/20/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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The runway at Gatwick International Airport will remain closed, after another drone was sighted on Thursday afternoon (local time), December 20. As of Thursday morning, all flights had been suspended. The airport has advised travelers with flights schedules on Thursday to confirm the status of their flight prior their departure for the airport, as disruptions could persist. Airport authorities are reportedly working with police to investigate the incident. Several arriving flights have been diverted to other regional airports, including Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London Stansted Airport (STN).


The runway at LGW was closed after two drones were spotted over the airfield at LGW at 21:03. The drones have reportedly been sighted near the airport multiple times since the initial incident.


Individuals flying through London, particularly LGW, are advised to monitor the situation, confirm the status of their flight, and anticipate flight disruptions.


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